Winter was long, spring is full of hope and this summer will be terrific. I have plans. I have a brand new passport with no stamps, I have a lot to prepare for and a lot to be excited about.
Bells of Hemscott First up, this weekend I will be heading up to my favourite beach in the country, Druridge Bay in Northumberland to stay in a bell tent with some of my best friends. The Bells of Hemscott kindly invited me to experience their new campsite after seeing me get excited about Druridge Bay on Twitter. There will be compost loos, eco showers, no electricity and we will have to cook over a fire pit. We will spend our time walking along the sand, sitting in the local pub and toasting marshmallows under the stars. We’re also pretty determined to take at least one dip in the sea — wish us luck!
Canada I am very excited to announce that in June I will be experiencing French Canada with Air France and KLM. After travelling around Ontario a few years ago, I’m thrilled to be visiting its next-door neighbour Quebec, which is just a little further up the St Lawrence River, and seeing how it compares. Not only will be I be munching and cycling and photographing my away around Montreal and Quebec City, but I’ll also be heading into the wilderness, where I’ll be fishing, hiking, beaver and bear spotting, before relaxing in a gorgeous outdoor spa overlooking a lake. Ahhhhh. I’ll be tweeting, blogging and Instagramming along the way, so keep your eyes peeled!
Acer Outer Hebrides Charity Challenge Immediately — and I really do mean immediately — after returning from Canada, I will be jumping on a plane up to Glasgow, before jumping on a tinier plane to Barra, where I will land on the beach and head off on the Acer Outer Hebrides charity expedition. With a group of other technology journalists, I’ll be hiking, biking and kayaking 150 miles to Stornoway over the course of three days to raise money for Mountain Rescue England and Wales. Everyone who works for Mountain Rescue is a volunteer, and they spend their free time tirelessly looking out for others and making it possible for adventurous people like you and me to explore the great outdoors. We’re trying to raise enough to buy them a Land Rover Defender, so if you’d like to contribute, head over to my JustGiving page — I’d be ever so grateful!
Munich August will hold two adventures for me. One I can talk about openly, and one I have to keep quiet about for now. I am ridiculously excited to be spending one the bank holiday weekend in Munich though, where one of my best and oldest friends is currently living and working. I’ll be exploring the city with her and taking advantage of her local knowledge to discover the best beer and bratwurst joints. Fingers crossed I get to squeeze in a trip to Neuschwanstein as well!
Cosmo Blog Awards So that’s all for now, but I want to say a big thank you to everyone who’s followed An Unfamiliar Sky over the past year or so. I often haven’t been able to write as frequently as I’d like, but it means a lot to me that so many of you keep coming back. Last year I was shortlisted for the Cosmo Blog Awards and it would be an honour to be nominated again in 2014. There’s a lot of amazing blogs out there, but I feel that thanks to a redesign and my improving photography skills, An Unfamiliar Sky has grown up a little too. If you think the blog is worth it, I’d be hugely grateful if you could drop me a nomination.
Thanks for reading xx